Dream 11 Season mode: Dream 11 Round 3 Fantasy Prediction and Tips as The SportsRush helps you form the best possible Dream 11 team
The schedule is starting to play tricks when it comes to the Dream 11 Season mode. Round 3 has KKR and KXIP playing thrice, with RR and DC playing just once.
While going by the schedule did not quite work the last time with DC, one should in all probability go by the schedule logic this time round, with KKR and KXIP fitting into the ‘schedule logic’. While DC had to play on a sluggish surface for two of their 3 games, KXIP and KKR play almost all of their games on good batting surfaces and hence you can bank on their batsmen/all-rounders.
Now, I will be going all out on my batsmen for this round, largely because over the last two rounds I have seen that bowlers need to perform exceedingly well in order to score the same amount of points as an average batsmen would. Hence, there is not much point investing heavily in your bowling lineup, as for the same cost, you could be getting in a good enough batsmen, one that could shower you with more fantasy points.
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Dream 11 Round 3 Fantasy Prediction and Tips
The basic pointer for this round is the schedule, with KXIP and KKR playing thrice and DC and RR playing 1 game each.
KL Rahul has been in decent touch this IPL. While he hasn’t really set the stage on fire like last season, he has taken more responsibility at the top of the order, something that was visible from his knock against MI. For a large part of his innings, it felt as if Rahul was finding it tough to time the ball. Being a strokemaker through and through, it would have been frustrating for him, but he dug deep and ensured that he stayed till the end.
That one inning gave me the confidence that I needed in him in my team, especially when KXIP play thrice in this round. Get him in.
This is where I sacrifice the big impact players and settle for less costly, decent bowling picks, as Dream 11 Fantasy does not do justice to bowlers picking heaps of wickets.
Piyush Chawla would be the first bowler that I get into my side for this game. PC has been the go-to bowler for DK in the powerplay and whenever he needs to break a partnership. Both Narine and Kuldeep have been off-colour this season and PC has been picking up crucial wickets during different phases of the game. At just 8 cr, he seems like a steal at this point, especially with KKR playing thrice in this round. Get him in.
Harbhajan Singh stays on in my team, despite not having featured in Round 2, as CSK left him for tactical reasons in the last two games. Now, with CSK playing both games at home in this round, a surface that has aided spin bowling, one can expect Bhajji to return to the lineup. Also, he’ll be up against teams that have at least 3 left-handers in their top 7 and hence should play at all costs. Again, at just 7cr, he could really bless your team with balance and fantasy points.
For the final bowling pick, I will be going in with Harshal Patel, the only bowler that I feel is worth picking at 6.5cr. He hasn’t featured in all games for DC yet, but in the games that he did, he chipped in with a few wickets. Now, he plays just one game in this round and might sit that one out too, but this is a sacrifice that you as a fantasy manager need to make in order to get 10 solid players into your team for this round, keeping in mind the schedule constraint.
KKR is a gold mine for all-rounders, especially when you have Sunil Narine and Andre Russell waiting in the ranks. Russell lit up the IPL with his two match winning performances for KKR in the first two games. While he couldn’t quite get the job done against DC, he still is the main man for KKR with both bat and ball. The X-factor that he possesses goes a long way for both KKR and your fantasy side. Get him in at all costs.
While Sunil Narine hasn’t quite lived up to the hype this season, his role at the top of the order and with the ball are enough to warrant him a place in my side. He was out for the 3rd game and has been declared fit for this game, so you needn’t worry about him not playing the 1st game of this round.
Now, with all the hype surround Sam Curran, I have decided to bring him in for this game, both for his bowling and his batting. Also, with KXIP playing thrice in this round, I feel Sam Curran, who is worth just 8cr could do justice to his selection. He was the man of the match in the previous game, striking some wonderful blows at the top of the order and then taking a well-deserved hattrick at the end to win the game for KXIP.
For his all-round abilities and the fact that he is worth just 8cr, you should not leave him out.
David Warner stays on in my team despite not firing against DC. On a sluggish pitch you can’t really blame Warner for not firing. But with SRH playing their next two games on relatively flat wickets in Hyderabad and Mohali, you can’t take the risk of leaving him out. Stick with him, he’ll repay your faith.
Virat Kohli has been off-colour all through the first 4 games of this campaign. While he did score fluently in the game against MI at home, in all other games, he hasn’t really been his normal self. Now, the only good innings that he played came in at the Chinnaswamy and with RCB slated to play twice at home in this round, you could expect the world’s best batsman to fire big time.
I stick with Mayank Agarwal as well, who has impressed until now at the number 3 spot, even winning the man of the match in the game vs MI for changing the course of the chase with a brisk 40 odd. 3 games in this round; Mayank could be your trump card.
For the final batting slot, I would be going in with Nitish Rana, who has been instrumental in KKR’s success this season. Forced to open the batting at the expense of Narine in the first game, Rana played the anchor’s role to perfection, alongwith his blistering 60 odd against KXIP, where he took the onus of attacking the opposition during the middle phase. With 3 matches in this round for KKR, Rana seems like a great bet.
Now, for people who feel that that extra game for KKR and KXIP wouldn’t count for much as they’ll be travelling to Chennai to play one of those games, I have an alternate solution.
With the ball turning a mile in Chennai, you could tinker a little with your lineup. I would drop KL Rahul for the in-form Jonny Bairstow and get in the in-form and highly impactful Hardik Pandya in for Sam Curran. Rest of the team would remain the same.
Captain: Andre Russell
Vice-Captain: Sunil Narine